Inside Harry’s solo UK trip where he has ‘no intention’ of meeting King Charles
Prince Harry on ‘healing journey’ as he promotes Invictus Games
Prince Harry has been confirmed to be in the UK on September 7, the day before the one-year anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s death, to make an appearance at the WellChild Awards in London.
The Duke will fly from California to the capital for the awards, which celebrate the achievements of children and young people with serious illnesses, before he travels on to Düsseldorf in Germany for the Invictus Games.
Meghan Markle will join him in Germany for the Games, which run from September 9-16, although it is thought she will avoid coming to the UK for the Wellchild awards.
Sources say Harry has “no intention” of seeing either King Charles or Prince William while he is over here, insiders have told the Mirror.
They added that while the date would be a “good opportunity” for the Royal Family to “settle their differences”, the relationship between Harry and the rest of the Firm remains “firmly rooted at rock bottom”.
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At the Wellchild awards Harry “will spend time with each winner and their families at a pre-ceremony reception, listening to their stories and helping create lifelong memories.”
The Duke, who has been a patron of the charity for the past 15 years and has attended the awards 11 times previously, will also present an award and deliver a speech.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Prince Harry said: “For nearly 20 years, WellChild has been transforming the lives of children and young people across the UK, providing critical care that prioritizes the physical, mental and emotional well-being of these individuals and their families.
“The courage and strength embodied by these young people — and the tireless devotion of those who support them — never cease to inspire me. I’m honored to attend this year’s awards ceremony and celebrate their incredible work.”
Will Harry meet his father?
Harry is attending the WellChild event ahead of travelling on to Germany for the sixth iteration of his Invictus Games competition. And it has been suggested he could travel back from Germany via London to meet with his father for ‘peace talks’ – although some sources have scotched these rumours.
The date of September 17 had been suggested as a possible day for a face-to-face meeting, as the King has some days before his official visit to France departs on September 20.
A source told OK! magazine: “King Charles is due to return to London from Balmoral in the middle of September which ties with the end of Harry’s Invictus Games trip to Düsseldorf.
“The King has a rescheduled official visit to France on September 20 so has a few days to spare in London to meet with his son. Staff are trying to fine-tune the details as we speak.”
What about brother William?
A friend of Prince William’s dismissed claims that Harry would meet his family, saying the Prince of Wales is still too angry at claims Harry made in his memoir Spare.
In the book Harry alleged William physically attacked him during a fight at Kensington Palace and also criticised how he had been treated by the royals throughout his life.
Speaking to the Daily Beast, the source said: “He [William] feels utterly betrayed by what Harry wrote about him in the book and said about him on Netflix.
“They were very close growing up so it has been very painful for William. But ultimately what can he do? Just look at Spare. It’s literally William’s worst nightmare.
“I think it is completely understandable that right now William is still absolutely disgusted by what his brother has done.”
Is Meghan coming with him?
It is not known whether Meghan Markle will be joining him in the UK – or whether she will follow him to Germany for the Invictus Games.
Royal commentator Angela Levin analysed the Sussexes position in the Firm and said the former Suits star has no interest in working positively with the Royal Family, or at all.
She told Sky News Australia: “She wants to be talked to just for herself; she wants all that to be forgotten.”
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